An informal discussion among Italian and Italian-American playwright on the meaning and importance of identity in their work. 


Moderator: Laura Caparrotti

Guests: Tobia Rossi (Winner, Mario Fratti Award 2019), Luca Garello (Mario Fratti Award 2021), Andrea Cioffi (Winner, Mario Fratti Award 2022), Tamara Bartolini (playwright), Frank J. Avella (playwright and screenwriter), Franco D’Alessandro (Playwright), Tamara Bartolini (Playwright), Francesca Spedalieri (Translator and Dramaturg) and a special video appearance by Emma Dante (Playwright, Director)

During the event, Francesca Spedalieri will present the BOOK
mPalermu, Dancers, and Other Plays (Swan Isle Press, January 30, 2020)

Written by Emma Dante, Translated by Francesca Spedalieri

Emma Dante’s lyrical storytelling stems from a visceral need to undertake an irreverent subversion of the status quo. The seven plays anthologized in this volume confront familial and societal realities in contemporary southern Italy, oscillating between the humorous and the tragic aspects of everyday life to challenge stereotypes and question economic disparity and gender inequality.